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COVID-19 Update: San Marcos Public Counters and Parks & Recreation

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Cities in San Diego County have been granted permission to start slowly reopening businesses, parks and a variety of other services. In response, the City of San Marcos is making the following updates:

Public Counters

  • Public counters at City Hall and Public Works are currently closed. Staff is available to assist remotely. Contact information is available by department at Departments | San Marcos, CA (san-marcos.net).
  • Please use caution, maintain social distancing of at least six feet and adhere to all posted health and safety requirements.
  • The Senior Activity Center (SAC) is closed. For information about the senior nutrition program, call (760) 744-5535.
  • In addition, residents can continue to take advantage of our “Virtual City Hall” by engaging with the City online, and via phone, email and the San Marcos City App. Learn more in the tab below.

Parks & Recreation

  • All City parks playgrounds, and parking lots are open.
  • Park hours are 9 a.m. – Sunset. Parking lots will close and lock at sunset unless there are approved Youth Sports Council groups on lit sports fields, where practices may last until 9pm.
  • Civic Center Park hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Double Peak and Lakeview Park hours are Sunrise to Sunset
  • Beginning Sept. 1 the following San Marcos Tennis Courts and Sports Fields will be opened at new times:

Las Posas Tennis Courts: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Connors Park Tennis Courts: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sports fields: 9 a.m. – Sunset.  (youth organizations are permitted at some parks until 9 p.m.) 

  • Dog parks hours are 9 a.m. – Sunset 
  • Pickleball and tennis courts are open. The County is allowing play at these courts if used by members of a household or others who can maintain social distance. Please follow the rules that are posted at each court. You can view the rules for each court at www.san-marcos.net/courts.
  • Athletic fields will open, but no organized sport play or games will be allowed.
  • Pools, basketball courts and volleyball courts are closed. 
  • Hollandia Skate Park hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Park restrooms are open and are disinfected on a scheduled routine and as-needed per CDC guidelines.
  • The Corky Smith Gymnasium and the Senior Activity Center (SAC) are closed. For information about the senior nutrition program, call (760) 744-5535.
  • Sunset Park and Bradley Park soccer arenas and Woodland Tennis courts are currently closed.
  • Dog parks are open.
  • You may go outside for exercise if you can keep six feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Park visitors are allowed to sit, lie down, and picnic if they practice social distancing.
  • Please avoid groups and crowded outdoor spaces.

Health and Safety Guidelines 

  • All State and County public health-related measures will remain in effect at all City facilities and parks. 
  • Please maintain six feet of social distance and wear a face covering when you come within six feet of anyone outside your household.
  • You can learn more about all of the guidelines in place at www.coronavirus-sd.com.

Thank You

As always, the health and safety of the San Marcos community is our top priority. We appreciate your continued efforts to protect yourself and others in our community by making smart, safe choices during this time.

San Marcos Construction Updates

Beginning in the Fall of 2020, several other projects started active construction in and around the Creek area. To make it easy for you and other members of the community to find out what’s happening and when, the City worked with other public agencies and private developers to create a map highlighting major construction projects in the area over the next two years.

The City will update these maps as project timelines change and more information is available.

While these projects are starting construction now, each one went through a comprehensive planning and review process, which took several months, years, or even decades (in some cases), to complete.

All projects were approved under the current San Marcos General Plan which serves as the guiding documents for future development. All projects were also reviewed for consistency with the City’s planning policies, which are designed to preserve the small-town atmosphere of San Marcos’ past, while thoughtfully balancing growth for the future.

Questions?

If you have additional questions about Creek area construction, please visit the City’s webpage or contact the City’s Planning Department at planningdivision@san-marcos.net or (760) 744-1050.

City of San Marcos recognized for visionary creation of new downtown core

 It’s a rare occurrence to have the opportunity to create a new, thriving downtown core for an already established city. Yet that’s exactly what a shared vision between the City of San Marcos, Sea Breeze Properties and California State University San Marcos conceived.

Enter North City – San Marcos’ new downtown gathering place that has captivated local residents and businesses alike with its energy, creative mixed-use concepts and modern vibe. North City recently received top honors from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) with an Award of Excellence for its innovative, collaborative foundation and creation.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from CALED for a project that has truly changed the landscape and heart of San Marcos,” said Tess Sangster, economic development director for the City of San Marcos. “North City has become a thriving destination that mixes independent restaurants and retailers with urban living, student housing, co-working and community events. The vision was to design a space that would breathe new life into the City.”

Creating community

Each Tuesday afternoon, the streets of North City come alive with artisans, food vendors, flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables at the weekly Farmers Market, run by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. Live music fills the air as kids dance and residents and visitors explore everything that makes North City unique.

Diners at Urge Gastropub sip a pint of handcrafted microbrew produced on site while watching rock climbers scale the walls of the newly opened Mesa Rim Climbing Center. Ice cream aficionados sample taster flights of delicious handcrafted flavors (ranging from Bourbon Smoked Pecan to Cinnamonutella – yum!) while students venture from their student housing above to the Copa Vida coffee shop below.

North City’s deliberate combination of mixed-use buildings, residences, destination-worthy restaurants/entertainment, student housing, campus facilities and community gathering spaces has charted a new course for how purposeful development can inspire and support an entire community.

“It’s urban living, reimagined,” said Andy Tenn, senior project manager for Sea Breeze Properties. “This fusion of unique eateries, housing, co-working and recreation is fostering community pride and recognition.”

Learn more about North City and the City of San Marcos’ North City development project. 

City of San Marcos launches podcast to inform and engage community members

Your city news. On your time. That’s the idea behind the new ‘San Marcos City Podcast,’ hosted by City Manager Jack Griffin and other city staff. As a podcast aficionado himself, Griffin knows the podcast platform allows and encourages listeners to take a deeper dive into issues they care about.

So why not offer San Marcos residents podcasts that demystify city government and offer a transparent listening opportunity about current projects and how government works?

“Most cities are increasingly challenged getting communications out to the public,” Griffin said. “The podcast is a great platform to engage our residents in thoughtful, in-depth discussions about the city they call home. We won’t be talking politics here, but we will be focusing on important city issues and updates.”

Listeners can tune in to listen to interviews with local experts, business owners, higher education leaders and more. As a leader in public safety, infrastructure, recreation, industry and cultural programs, the City of San Marcos features a wide variety of innovative offerings and services to share with the community.

The San Marcos City Podcast currently features four podcasts:

–        Introduction

–        Interview with Fire Chief Dan Barron and District Chief Dean White regarding wildfires

–        A summary of key items the San Marcos City Council approved in September

–        San Marcos Creek Project update with Project Manager Isaac Etchamendy

To learn more and tune in, go to the San Marcos City Podcast webpage where you will find links to a variety of podcast platforms to listen in from.

To provide feedback or submit podcast topic requests, email podcast@san-marcos.net.

City of San Marcos launches ‘Learning Hubs’ program for employees

Thousands of San Marcos students were scheduled to start school in-person on Aug. 18. In the weeks leading up to the start of school, COVID-19 numbers spiked, and plans to start in-person learning vanished. City of San Marcos leadership recognized an opportunity to support City employees as they prepared to balance the demands of their essential jobs and distance learning with their children.

The Parks and Recreation and Human Resources departments teamed up to quickly determine how to best assist City employees. That’s where the idea for ‘learning hubs’ was born.

Learning hubs are socially distanced classrooms providing online learning support for students of different ages and grade levels at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center. There are two classrooms with an average of 18 students that attend daily. Desks are spaced out and aisles are lined with power strips where students can charge the devices they need for online learning. While there are not on-site teachers, City staff members oversee the classrooms and provide support to students when needed. The City follows CDC guidelines by checking temperatures before students enter, prohibiting visitors (including parents) from entering the classroom, providing hand sanitizer and wipes to students, and following a strict cleaning protocol.

“The City has a number of staff members, across several departments, who have limited or no ability to work from home,” said Darren Chamow, program manager for the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department. “When we got the news about school districts continuing distance learning due to COVID-19 numbers, we saw challenges ahead for City operations. The City is providing critical services and programs to the community. Without the learning hub, it would not have been possible for some of our employees to continue to work and support our community and assist their kids at the same time.”

The concept of the learning hub not only supports the City’s essential workers and their children, but also provides new job responsibilities for other City employees whose programs were put on hold or canceled for the year due to COVID-19. In addition, the learning hubs program provides the City with an opportunity to leverage underutilized facilities to provide support to City employees, who are providing essential services during the pandemic.

“Launching the program was a perfect example of timing meeting opportunity,” said Janelle Laughlin, human resources manager for the City of San Marcos. “The demands on our employees, as public servants, have never been greater. Overnight, we had to completely change the way we do business and how we provide programs and services to the San Marcos community.”

Program costs for this new offering have been largely covered by funds available from programs that were canceled due to COVID-19. The program will likely continue to provide support for City staff through the end of 2020 and potentially beyond.

“The math made sense and we got buy-in from City leadership, allowing us to quickly launch a program to support our employees, at a time when they needed it the most,” Laughlin said.

 

Tune in to view the Mayor’s virtual ‘State of Your Community’ address

San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones has recorded a virtual ‘State of Your Community’ address to keep residents in the know about all things San Marcos. Click here to tune in!

Although hosting a ‘State of Your Community’ event isn’t currently possible due to COVID-19, the Mayor felt a virtual presentation would provide a helpful update to residents. In her address, she covers a wide range of topics including: Community safety, quality of life, supporting local businesses, lending a helping hand, the importance of community input, healthcare and education and infrastructure and mobility.

“2020 has certainly been a challenging year, unlike anything we have experienced before,” Mayor Jones said. “Yet the resilience I’ve witnessed in our community has been absolutely astounding. From businesses navigating uncharted waters and families supporting each other, to online solutions for what we used to do in person and creative new communications tools that are helping us bridge the gaps. I am incredibly proud of who we are and how we have adapted.”

The Mayor’s ‘State of Your Community’ address will air on San Marcos Television at 2:30 p.m., and can be viewed anytime on the City of San Marcos Youtube channel here.

Encourage participation in the 2020 Census

Efforts and planning to encourage participation in the 2020 Census have been underway since last year.

As of 9/14/20 San Marcos has a 76.1% self response rate.  In 2010 San Marcos finished with a 70% participation rate.  Out of 18 cities in the County, San Marcos has the third highest participation rate, with Poway being number one and Carlsbad being number two.  Among the same cities, San Marcos has the second highest increase in participation compared to the 2010 census, behind La Mesa.

You might ask why does it matter if you participate or not.  The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Thank you to 76.1% of households who have already participated.  If you haven’t participated yet, please do so by 9/30/20. You can answer online at www.my2020census.gov.

City of San Marcos helps Piercan USA, Inc. secure $1.5 million tax credit

Attracting, retaining and expanding businesses is at the forefront of the City of San Marcos’ economic development efforts. The City offers a variety of services to help businesses thrive.

Piercan, a worldwide leader in manufacturing niche polymer products, including specialty gloves (used by NASA, pharmaceutical companies, national laboratories, military, and beyond) experienced this concierge service first-hand. The City helped Piercan secure a $1.5 million California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) this summer. Announced by Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the income tax credit is set up to help businesses that want to grow and stay in California.

With this assistance, Piercan will expand their San Marcos operations and hire 62 new employees. The company will be investing more than $7.5 million in wages, equipment and improvements within the next five years.

“The City was instrumental in obtaining this tax credit,” said Julio Cedillo, General Manager of Piercan USA, Inc. “I’m very grateful for their support and their guidance through this process, as well as defining new opportunities to help us grow as a company in a reasonable and responsible way.”

Piercan, an international company headquartered in France since 1948, has been operating in the U.S. since 1995. It started in Vista, then expanded to San Marcos, where it currently employs more than 60 full time workers. Thanks, in part, to this tax credit, accelerated growth is on the horizon.

Piercan’s San Marcos headquarters specializes in containment isolator and glovebox gloves as well as  bladders that are used to form unique carbon fiber components for aerospace and recreational markets to create propellers for airplanes, forks for bicycles, wing spars for drones and bows for violins among other products.

“We’re planning to grow, we’re going to create more jobs here in San Marcos, and we’re going to bring indirect development to this area. We want to stay in San Marcos, and we will likely double our size and workforce within in the next five years,” Cedillo said.

The City of San Marcos has helped five San Marcos companies secure nearly $3 million in state income tax credits since 2017, allowing local businesses to expand and create new jobs. Winning these tax credits is highly competitive, so City staff help guide business owners through the process.

Only 22 companies across the state were awarded tax credits in this round of CCTC tax credits – and San Marcos was the only city in northern San Diego County to make the list.

Of the more than $73 million tax credits awarded, nearly $18.2 million of that will go to nine businesses (of which Piercan is included) that are adding high-quality manufacturing jobs to our state – a national leader in manufacturing. Early in the stay-at-home order, Governor Newsom deemed manufacturing to be an essential function of California’s economy.

“As California works to safely recover from the COVID-19 induced recession, this tax credit program continues to be a model for both accountability and transparency. What we see today is 22 companies not only choosing California, but choosing Californians,” said Chris Dombrowski, GO-Biz Acting Director, and Chair of the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. “We are innovators at heart and so is our economy and we will continue to invest in companies that look to build the future here in California.”

To date, the City has helped Piercan USA, Inc. earn a $1.5 million tax credit that will create 62 jobs; Wholesale Shade earned a $500,000 tax credit to create 26 jobs; Cliniqa earned a $350,000 tax credit to create 24 jobs; Creative Electron earned a $446,700 tax credit to create 22 jobs; Oasis Breads earned a $200,000 tax credit to create six jobs and QC Power earned a $100,000 tax credit to create seven jobs.

These companies are all are part of San Marcos’ booming manufacturing industry, the City’s second-largest economic sector. Manufacturing provides 11 percent of local employment, which is about 4,300 jobs.

“We love helping connect local businesses with resources that will help them grow in San Marcos,” said Tess Sangster, Economic Development Director for the City of San Marcos. “This is a big win for the City and Piercan, as their expansion and creation of new jobs will boost our local economy and community.”

Learn more about the City’s economic development division, or contact Economic Development Director Tess Sangster at TSangster@san-marcos.net; (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.

Business licenses and more go virtual in San Marcos

It just got a whole lot easier to apply for a business license or submit a business renewal with the launch of San Marcos’ new online business portal.

Business owners in San Marcos and companies who are doing business with the City of San Marcos can now easily apply and renew online on our business license web page:

· New business license applications:  In-City businessesOut-of-City businessesHome businesses

· Business license renewals

The business license portal now allows for online payment processing. It speeds up the process, too. Business owners can submit applications, renew and print their license within 1-2 business days after payment and any required approvals instead of waiting to receive it in the mail, which was taking 2-3 weeks. Not only does the portal simplify the process, it allows for virtual vs. in-person interaction. The City has implemented a variety of no-touch environments as a result of COVID-19 and will continue to expand its offerings.

Please ensure the City has your correct email address on file before your license expires. If you have already received a paper renewal notice and would like to renew online, please send an email to smbusinesslicense@san-marcos.net to request your security code.

For applications, options and details, visit the business license web page. 

Additional virtual solutions:

· San Marcos City App: You can help us keep San Marcos safe and clean by downloading this app that is your gateway to City service requests. Whether you see graffiti, maintenance needs, traffic light outages or stormwater issues, the app is a simple way to report non-emergency concerns. The app makes it easy to identify the location of your concern and track the progress and resolution of your request.

· Online services: Visit the City’s COVID-19 response page for a full list of services available online, by phone or email. From building permits and inspections to parking citations and land development, residents can easily get in touch.

San Marcos claims two state awards for excellence in communications

San Marcos claims two state awards for excellence in communications

The City of San Marcos was recognized with two prestigious awards this month from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO).

Two projects received CAPIO’s top honor, an EPIC award, for the San Marcos Creek Project logo and the San Marcos Creek Project groundbreaking ceremony. The logo and groundbreaking ceremony were created by the City with support from JPW Communications.

“These awards are a testament to the importance we place on keeping our community informed and involved on key infrastructure projects,” said Tess Sangster, Economic Development Director for the City of San Marcos. “We are honored to receive recognition from CAPIO – the state of California’s top communications association.”

EPIC Award details for The San Marcos Creek Project Logo

The City of San Marcos has embarked on a three-year, $104 million construction project to raise the roadways and bridges over the San Marcos Creek. This effort will reduce seasonal flooding that has plagued the area and restore habitat, along with other infrastructure improvements. The project, 30 years in the making, is the largest in the City’s history. JPW Communications was hired to develop and execute a robust, multi-year communications plan to guide the project’s outreach from pre-construction to post-completion.

The project’s tagline, “Our Neighborhood. Our Creek,” was created to underscore the collective vision for the area and acknowledge the work that had been done by previous councils, commissions and volunteers. Additionally, the tagline speaks to a new level of access the community will have to experience and appreciate its creek, as well as introduce a new era of development possibilities for the surrounding area. The tagline was designed to scale as it grows to encompass a soon-to-be-realized future. The new logo introduces a bold and energetic mark that embodies the flowing creek, new bridges and inclusive features that will invite San Marcos residents to enjoy the creek in a new way. The logo, tagline, assets and collateral pieces were created to launch the project uniformly and carry the project seamlessly through to completion.

EPIC Award details for The San Marcos Creek Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

To commemorate the San Marcos Creek Project’s kick-off, the City of San Marcos hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 11, 2019, for both elected officials and the community. The goal was to welcome as many community members as possible. San Marcos wanted to inform its audiences about the project and build goodwill in advance of two years of disruptive construction. The event was a huge success, with 180 people in attendance. The event also garnered media attention including six articles, an in-studio interview with the mayor and a live TV broadcast.

“The San Marcos Creek Project is 30 years in the making, so it was crucial for us to create a comprehensive communications campaign for the community that would carry us through the life of this important project,” Sangster said. “The award-winning logo and groundbreaking ceremony have played an integral role in the project’s continued success.”

 

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